If you have a cell phone, you probably use it dozens of times a day to text people you know. But have sầu you ever gotten a text message from an unknown sender? It could be a scammer trying khổng lồ steal your personal information. Find out what you can do about unwanted text messages and how to lớn report them.

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Spam Text Messages & Phishing

Scammers sover giả text messages lớn triông xã you inlớn giving them your personal information – things lượt thích your password, tài khoản number, or Social Security number. If they get that information, they could gain access to your tin nhắn, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information lớn other scammers.

The scammers use a variety of ever-changing stories lớn try lớn rope you in. They may

offer you a low or no interest credit card

Scammers also skết thúc kém chất lượng messages that say they have sầu some information about your tài khoản or a transaction. The scammers may

The messages might ask you lớn give sầu some personal information — lượt thích how much money you make, how much you owe, or your bank trương mục, credit thẻ, or Social Security number — khổng lồ clayên your gift or pursue the offer. Or they may tell you to clichồng on a liên kết lớn learn more about the issue. Some liên kết may take you to a spoofed trang web that looks real but isn’t. If you log in, the scammers can then steal your user name & password.

Other messages may install harmful malware on your phone that steals your personal information without you realizing it.


What To Do About Spam Text Messages

If you get a text message that you weren’t expecting & it asks you khổng lồ give some personal information, don’t click on any liên kết. Legitimate companies won’t ask for information about your account by text.

If you think the message might be real, contact the company using a phone number or website you know is real. Not the information in the text message.

There are many ways you can filter unwanted text messages or stop them before they reach you.

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On your phone

Your phone may have sầu an option khổng lồ filter và blochồng messages from unknown senders or spam. Here’s how to filter và blochồng messages on an iPhone & how to blochồng a phone number on an Android phone.

Through your wireless provider

Your wireless provider may have a tool or service that lets you blochồng calls & text messages. Cheông chồng, a trang web for the wireless industry, to lớn learn about the options from different providers.

With a call-blocking app

Some call-blocking apps also let you blochồng unwanted text messages. Go to lớn for a danh sách of call-blocking apps for Android, BlackBerry, Apple, và Windows phones.

You can also tìm kiếm for apps online. Cheông chồng out the features, user ratings, & expert review.

How To Report Spam Text Messages

If you get an unwanted text message, there are three ways khổng lồ report it:

Report it on the messaging phầm mềm you use. Look for the option khổng lồ report junk or spam.Copy the message và forward it to 7726 (SPAM).